Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Interim Control Ordinance - Off-Site Digital Displays

On Thursday, May 28th, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission will hold a special meeting to discuss a proposed ICO temporarily prohibiting the issuance of building permits for supergraphic signs and off-site signs, including off-site digital displays, for a period of 90 days, with no extensions, commencing on June 25, 2009.  The ICO also prohibits the installation of supergraphic signs and off-site signs, including off-site digital displays, pursuant to building permits issued before the ICO's effective date. 

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009, After 9:00 A.M. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


AIA Los Angeles Presents:

Thursday, June 4 (6:00-8:00pm)
2500 Broadway, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90404


DESIGN DIALOGUES #2: venturing into new markets
Present a project that represents a venture into a new market and how your design proposal helped you do that how important was it for your design to reflect a familiarity with this new market; how was yourinexperience with this new market a benefit, a hazard?

This is the second in a series of continuing dialogues intended to provide more discourse within our local architectural community. Design Dialogues will feature design leaders from various Los Angeles area architecture practices making brief project presentations of un-built or on the boards work. Afterwards, they will participate in a moderated discussion relative to the theme above, and take questions from the audience. The event is open to the public free of charge. Light Refreshments will be served.Limited Capacity. 

RSVP is required for attendance. Please RSVP to

Design Leaders:
Neil Denari, AIA - Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc.
Olivier Touraine - Touraine + Richmond Architects
Li Wen, AIA - Design Director, Gensler

Hitoshi Abe, Professor and Chair - UCLA Department of Architecture & Urban Design

Thursday, June 4 (6:00-8:00pm)

2500 Broadway, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90404

No Host Parking Available - please see attached map. 
AIA/LA recommends to RIDE METRO

The City of Los Angeles sign ordinance update

Councilmember Reyes moves to extend the ICO for 90 days and allow the
new City Attorney to review the proposed sign ordinance. This will
also provide an opportunity to strengthen enforcement provisions,
facilitate additional public input and allow further analysis as to
whether to create a sign-trade program to allow sign reduction.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

AIA/LA Practice Committee features guest speaker Dan Rosenfeld on June 10 (8am)

The AIA/LA Practice Committee presents....
a discussion with Dan Rosenfeld
Senior Deputy for Economic Development, Sustainability and Mobility
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 (8am)
AECOM Design
515 S. Flower Street, 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
T 213.593.8100 F 213.593.8608


Very limited capacity. No-host parking

We know that every agency is really being challenged these days to find solutions to difficult financial problems.  We will discuss the county's approach to these difficult challenges.

Dan Rosenfeld
Senior Deputy for Economic Development, Sustainability and Mobility

The co-founder of Urban Partners LLC, an award-winning entrepreneurial real estate firm focusing on development and investment opportunities in the western United States, Mr. Rosenfeld helped the firm earn its reputation as a nationally recognized leader in urban infill, mixed-use and transit-oriented development, and adaptive re-use of historical structures. 

Mr. Rosenfeld has served as a board member of the Central City Association and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. In his previous public service role as Deputy Director for Real Estate Development for the State of California and Assistant General Manager for Asset Management for the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Rosenfeld is credited with helping create approximately 72,000 new private sector jobs, which revitalized struggling urban areas.

A resident of Los Angeles, Mr. Rosenfeld earned a BS in structural engineering and a BA in architecture from Stanford University, a Masters in Architecture from Yale University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University School of Business.
  • Regional Planning
  • Public Works
  • Community Development Commission

The AIA Los Angeles Practice Committee has been organized by representatives from architecture/engineering firms with an established presence in the Los Angeles area and a focus on large-scale public and institutional building projects.  The purpose of this committee is to interface with various agencies and significant client entities to facilitate exchange of information/ideas with respect to technical, design and business issues affecting our industry.  The committee anticipates focusing on business issues relating to A/E contracting practices, technology related to the delivery of A/E services, and conditions affecting project delivery & design excellence within our industry.

Hraztan Zeitlian, AIA
Leo A. Daly

Co-Chair: Kelly Olson, Affiliate AIA/LA
AECOM Design

Staff contact: Will Wright –

AB 700 - California Arts Council

Arts for LA urges you to act now to voice support for AB 700.

AB 700, The Creative Industries & Community Economic Revitalization Act of 2010, goes before the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009.

This bill would allocate 20% of the sales tax revenue from the sale of art and art supplies to the California Arts Council.  This allocation could generate over $20 million per year in support of the CAC.  

Angelenos are in a unique position to speak out in favor of AB 700.  California State Assemblymember Kevin De Leon (45th Assembly District), who represents East Hollywood, Echo Park, Silverlake, Atwater Village and surrounding environs (click for map), is the Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair and needs to hear from his constituents regarding the positive effects of AB 700 on the local and statewide creative economy.  

Take two minutes today to send an email and fax to De Leon, Governor Schwarzenegger and the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Click here to send a letter through California Arts Advocates' Capwiz site:

AB 700, the Creative Industries and Community Revitalization Act of 2010 will invest in the economic revitalization of California's communities by encouraging joint partnerships to enhance investment of public resources to enable the growth of the creative economy throughout the state.

The arts create a life-long learning environment for all age groups and demographics.

The arts attract tourism dollars, including the "stay-cation" dollars of local residents.

The arts should be an equal partner in the economic stimulus conversation because the arts and creative industries create jobs, provide job training services, and contribute to community revitalization when artists and arts venues locate to urban, suburban and rural areas.

California needs to strengthen the artistic and cultural infrastructure state-wide, for vibrant communities that will be a desirable location in which to live, work and raise a family.

California needs to educate the 21st century workforce through arts and new media integration for all California students.

Businesses want to locate where they can find highly-educated and highly-skilled workers.  To attract a knowledgeable and creative workforce to revitalize urban and rural areas, California needs to invest in regional economic development and create new partnerships and job opportunities that attract and retain innovative companies and entrepeneurs.

Please Follow This Link to Take Action on Important Arts Issues